Sunday, 24 August 2014

Moving Mountains


Moving Mountains are a four-piece post-rock/indie/post-hardcore band from Purchase, New York. They started out as a two-piece project involving singer/guitarist/songwriter Gregory Dunn and drummer Nicholas Pizzolato. They recorded one album, Pneuma, together. It was monumentally impressive, especially considering it was written, performed, and produced by two people who weren't even 20 yet. After it got major positive reception, they added two more members to round off a full line-up and tour with. Their second album Waves came out of this, which garnered them even more attention. Two years after it, their self-titled album came out, and they went on hiatus, which has continued indefinitely.

The band is often compared to The Appleseed Cast, and it's obvious why. Both bands incorporate tons of post-rock elements, from their crescendos to their guitar sounds and effects. Their songs are epics in proportion, with emotionally strained climaxes and melodic quiet sections, in additions to numerous ambient volume swells. Moving Mountains also have some aggressive and complex moments, especially on Waves. They use heavier guitars and more technical riff-oriented parts,  along with some occasionally screamed vocals. This shows their more post-hardcore influenced side. Their self-titled is much more relaxed, using lots of acoustic guitars and slower song caked in reverb. Pneuma is golden. Everything from post-hardcore riffs to ambient tracks to acoustic singer-songwriter tracks; long songs, short songs, everything is on it. And they manage to tie it all together thematically, soundwise, and they managed to create a cohesive work of art from beginning to end. They have two EP's, Foreword, which is very post-rock exclusive, and New Light, which is more acoustic-oriented. Below is their three full-lengths and two EP's. Enjoy!

1. Aphelion
2. Cover The Roots, Lower The Stems
3. Alastika
4. Fourth
5. 8105
6. Bottom Feeder
7. Sol Solis
8. Grow On, Grow Up, Grow Out
9. The Earth And The Sun
10. Ode We Will Bury Ourselves

1. Foreword
2. With One's Heart In One's Mouth
3. Armslength
4. Lights And Shapes

1. My Life is Like a Chase Dream (and I'm Still Having Chase Dreams)
2. Where Two Bodies Lie
3. Tired Tiger
4. The Cascade
5. Once Rendering
6. Always Only For Me
7. Alleviate
8. Parts In Different Places
9. Furnace Woods
10. Full Circle


1. Alleviate
2. Ode We Will Bury Ourselves
3. Where Two Bodies Lie
4. 8105

1. Swing Set
2. Burn Pile
3. Hands
4. Seasonal
5. Eastern Leaves
6. Hudson
7. Under A Falling Sky
8. Chords
9. Apsides

1. Moving Mountains - Abby Normal
2. Moving Mountains - Deathless
3. Prawn - Slopes
4. Prawn - Seas

Cursed


Cursed were a four-piece hardcore band from Toronto, Ontario from 2001-2008. Without a doubt, these guys have made one of the biggest impacts in hardcore music from the last decade or so. They put out some incredibly dark, sludgy, and heavy music that has continued to be a huge influence on bands. They were fronted by Chris Colohan, whose political lyricism and morbid imagery made them stand out as a band willing to press legitimate social issues with actual knowledge to back them, and done in ways that can still be seen as artistic. His vocals are low, seething, guttural, and throat-scorching, which perfectly works with their sludge metal-influenced guitar tones and pounding drums. If the apocalypse had a soundtrack, this would be it. If the decline of western civilization has a soundtrack, and this is it, despite not being a band for more than five years.

They formed out of the remnants of another band, The Swarm, in 2001. Most of their members had also been very active in a ton of bands that dominated the Canadian hardcore/punk scene. Cursed's debut album, I, came out on Deathwish in 2003. They pummelled through two more LP's and two EP's before calling it quits in 2008. They were robbed while staying in a German squat, and lost everything; gear, money, and passports were all gone. Since then their members have stayed quite active in a ton of bands, such as Burning Love, Quest For Fire, and Crux of Aux.

Below is their entire discography. Their demo, Hell Comes Home 7", unreleased song from I, Blackout At Sunrise 7", and Last Session 7" were all complied onto an album called The Rest, which contains everything they did not included on an LP. Their three EP's, Hell Comes HomesBlackout At Sunrise, and The Last Session are also individually included, if you want the artwork for them. The demo and outtake song are the only things included on the compilation I couldn't find anywhere else. Enjoy.

1. Polygraph
2. God And Country
3. Promised Land
4. Bloody Mary
5. How Great Things Happen When You Give Up Hope
6. 1974
7. Negative Two Point Five
8. Guilt Parade
9. Another Day
10. Opposable Thumbs
11. Pariah

1. Hell Comes Home
2. Search & Destroy (The Stooges cover)

1. Intro/Fatalist
2. Reparations
3. R.I.P.
4. Head Of The Baptist
5. The Void
6. Two
7. Old Money
8. Clocked In, Punched Out
9. Model Home Invasion
10. Hell Comes Home
11. Outro

1. Blackout At Sunrise
2. The Hands That Will Abide
3. Hawaii

1. Architects Of Troubled Sleep
2. Night Terrors
3. Magic Fingers
4. Antihero Resuscitator
5. Friends In The Music Business
6. Into The Hive
7. III
8. Unnecessary Person
9. Hegel's Bastards
10. Dead Air At The Pulpit
11. Gutters

1. Reparations
2. Promised Land / Polygraph
3. Antihero Resuscitator
4. Into The Hive

1. Polygraph
2. God And Country
3. Disruptacon (Another Day)
4. Hell Comes Home
5. Search & Destroy (The Stooges cover)
6. This Time Next Year
7. Blackout At Sunrise
8. The Hands Will Abide
9. Hawaii
10. Reparations
11. Promised Land / Polygraph
12. Antihero Resuscitator
13. Into The Hive

State Champs


State Champs is a pop punk quintet from Albany, New York, formed in 2010 and currently signed to Pure Noise Records. These guys are definitely one of the best new pop punk bands right now. They're full of energy, catchy riffs and choruses, and they just make you feel good in general. Definitely download their debut LP The Finer Things and their EP Apparently, I'm Nothing. You won't regret it.
They were just on the 2014 Vans Warped Tour, and you can catch them this fall on the Pure Noise Tour.

1. The Record
2. Shades Of Gray
3. Rooftops
4. Small Talk
5. Stick Around (bonus)

1. How It Used To Be
2. Hot And Bothered
3. I Would Try
4. If It Helps You Focus
5. The Record
6. Shades Of Gray
7. Rooftops
8. Small Talk
9. Stick Around

1. Tonsil Hockey
2. Critical
3. We Are The Brave
4. Remedy

1. Elevated
2. Deadly Conversation
3. Hard To Please
4. Prepare To Be Noticed
5. Over The Line
6. Simple Existence
7. Remedy
8. Nothing's Wrong
9. Mind Bottled
10. Critical
11. Easy Enough


1. Elevated
2. Deadly Conversation
3. Hard To Please
4. Simple Existence
5. Easy Enough
6. Leave You In The Dark
7. If I'm Lucky

1. Eyes Closed
2. Secrets
3. Losing Myself
4. All You Are Is History
5. Perfect Score
6. All Or Nothing
7. Shape Up
8. Back And Forth
9. Around The World And Back
10. Breaking Ground
11. Tooth And Nail

Wednesday, 20 August 2014

City Of Caterpillar


City Of Caterpillar were a four-piece screamo band from Richmond, Virginia, that existed from 2000-2003. They were a side project of pg.99, featuring many of the same members. Although City Of Caterpillar didn't have quite the life of pg.99, their influence is quite close. City Of Caterpillar are best known for taking the traditional sounds of screamo/emo and creating masterpieces out of them. Their songs went beyond the minute-and-a-half rule of their contemporaries as they broke into 9-minute territory on occasion. Their songs were crafted to be epics, and epics they were. They could break into an intensive frenzy just as well as any hardcore band out there, but could also become much more subdued and melodic, showing off the band's technical skill and sense of melody. They knew how to delicately build this up, and took their time to peak even higher. The crescendo/climax formula is often employed by pretty much every post-rock band ever, thus why City Of Caterpillar are often referred to as being a post-rock band, though they are closer to Slint than Explosions In The Sky.

Overall, City Of Caterpillar are an essential band for anyone into screamo or the pg.99 family. They share members with pg.99 (obviously), Darkest Hour, Majority Rule, Malady, and Pygmy Lush. Their sole LP, which is self-titled, is probably in my top ten favourite screamo albums ever. I hadn't listened to it in a while, and just gave it a spin, and wow, that thing holds up while. It sounds just as intense as it always has, and still doesn't feel dated whatsoever. This is band with a legacy here to stay, so enjoy.

1. City Of Caterpillar - Untitled
2. City Of Caterpillar - Untitled
3. System 2600 - Untitled
4. System 2600 - Untitled

1. pg.99 - The Lonesome Waltz Of Leonard Cohen
2. pg.99 - The List (Filth Cover)
3. City Of Caterpillar - An Innocent Face
4. City Of Caterpillar - The Ghosts Of Shadows Passing In City Streets

1. And You're Wondering How A Top Floor Could Replace Heaven
2. A Heart Filled Reaction To Dissatisfaction
3. Minute-House-Day-Week-Month-Year- (The Faiths In My Chest)
4. Fucking Hero
5. When Was The Last Time We Painted Over The Blood On The Walls
6. A Little Change Could Go A Long Ways
7. Maybe They'll Gnaw Right Through

1. A Heart Filled Reaction to Dissatisfaction (Demo)
2. Song Two
3. Song Three
4. Song Four
5. Song Five
6. When Was The Last Time We Painted Over The Blood On The Walls? (Live)
7. An Innocent Face (Live)
8. Shadows Of Ghosts Passing On City Streets (Live)
9. A Little Change Could Go A Long Ways (Live)

Portraits Of Past


Portraits Of Past were a five-piece post-hardcore/screamo band that came and went from 1994-1995, but reunited from 2008-2010. They were from San Francisco, California. Despite their very brief existence, this band has become a staple in any discussion surrounding their respective genres. They, along with many of their contemporaries on Ebullition and Gravity Records, helped define a sound in which the influence of is still felt today. One can't help but listen modern bands like We Were Skeletons, The Saddest Landscape etc. and hear the Portraits Of Past worship. What made this band so distinct were its undeniable talents. Their vocals were shrieked, and most of all, desperate. Screaming lines such as "there's a few truths, and here's just one: I'm as fucked up, about as much as you are fucked up" gives me chills every time. The guitar work is unbelievable. The guitars lace together with trebly, melodic tones to construct melodies, while making full use of octave chords and occasionally harmonics. The guitars are sharp and play tightly together, which was briefly introduced by Drive Like Jehu years before and would continue to be employed by bands like Q And Not U and Hot Cross later on. The bass and drums created such a tight rhythm section. The bass tone rumbles low, and the drums get technical without losing focus. The songs that they constructed were often lengthier and more complex than their contemporaries. They built songs up, let them peak, and let them come down. This is similar to the soft/loud/soft dynamic that Indian Summer employed, but Portraits Of Past stepped it up a notch. They would do it more than once in songs, going from chaotic frenzies to quiet, melodic patterns, and back again without warning. Their music was incredibly impressive and diverse for the time, thus why they are easily one of the best bands in their genre.

Their initial existence was brief, and all they put out was a demo, a split, and two compilation songs while they were together. A year after their breakup, their only album, 01010101, came out. Fast forward to 2008, and they reunited to play numerous shows, which extended from 2008 to 2009. They were also playing new songs at this time, which eventually became a new EP in 2009, Cypress Dust Witch. Following the release of that EP though, they've been inactive. Enjoy.

1. Journeyman
2. NYC
3. A Known Place
4. The Song With Slow Part
5. Stiff Upper
6. Bleed
7. Bent Up

1. Portraits Of Past - Journeyman
2. Portraits Of Past - A Known Place
3. Bleed - Mr. Elliott
4. Bleed - Past-Tense Hero

1. KQED Equals Volvo
2. Bang Yer Head
3. The Control Freak
4. Implications Of A Sinkhole Personality
5. The Outlook Is Bleak
6. Snicker Snicker
7. Something Less Than Intended

1. KQED Equals Volvo
2. Bang Yer Head
3. The Control Freak
4. Implications Of A Sinkhole Personality
5. The Outlook Is Bleak
6. Snicker Snicker
7. Something Less Than Intended
8. Sticks Together
9. The Song With The Slow Part
10. Journeyman
11. A Known Place
12. KQED Equals Volvo (Live)
13. Bang Yer Head (Live)
14. Something Less Than Intended (Live)
15. Implications Of A Sinkhole Personality (Live)
16. The Control Freak (Live) 

Note: Contains 01010101, two compilation songs, their split with Bleed, and live tracks from 1995

1. Fire Song
2. Cypress Dust Witch
3. Through To An End
4. Cypress Dust Witch II - Bridge

Heroin


Heroin were a four-piece hardcore/screamo band from San Diego, California during 1989-1993. Here's a band that predicted "The Shape of Punk To Come" years before that phrase even came into existence. Heroin kind of bridged the gap between the melodic punk sound coming out of DC/Maryland in the late 80's (Rites Of Spring, Embrace, Dag Nasty, Moss Icon, etc.) and the post-hardcore/screamo bands that would dominate the California/San Diego scene in the 90's (Antioch Arrow, Portraits Of Past, Angel Hair, Indian Summer, etc.) Heroin take the basic "emotional hardcore" essentials (the fast pace, personal lyricism, intense music) and push the levels on those in a darker direction to pave the way for what bands after would do. They were vicious, cathartic, and broke down what might have been melodic songs initially into all-out emotional torture fests. From the first few seconds of "Head Cold", they pulsate with a ferocity that's been caged up too long.

When I first heard them, I thought they were around in the later 90's, because the year their discography album was released was 1997. Even for that era this was exceptional stuff, but when I found out these recordings were from 1991, and 1993 at the latest, I was blown away. They are incredibly underrated, and even Geoff Rickly, the figurehead of post-hardcore for the last 10 years, cites them as a major influence. They were the first band to put out a 7" on Gravity Records, which is another sign of what that label and that sound would carry on to do. Their members also went on to other major projects, such as Antioch Arrow and Battalion Of Saints. Heroin's first 7" was called All About Heroin, and it came out in 1991. They put out another 7" in 1992, which was self-titled, and a 12" in 1993, which was also self-titled. Posthumously, a discography album was released in 1997, which compiled all their material. That is what's posted below, and I definitely suggest giving this a listen, since it is a staple classic in post-hardcore/screamo. Enjoy.

1. Head Cold
2. Undertaking
3. Indecision
4. I've Got Mine
5. This Time
6. Never Ever
7. Has Been
8. Leave
9. Wander
10. Blindly
11. With No Name
12. Meaning Less
13. A Portion
14. The Obvious
15. In General
16. Moving Parts
17. Another
18. Destination
19. [Untitled Track]

Monday, 18 August 2014

Into It. Over It.

Well, here it is. This is easily the most requested band on here ever, and for good reason too. They have a very expansive discography which is near impossible to fully complete, but here's a very close selection of it. The only things I know of that are missing are two cassette releases (Chicago and Covers respectively), the second Daytrotter session, and their contribution to the Polyvinyl 4-track singles series. Thanks to everyone who helped find all of those. Everything else appears somewhere below. So if anyone has those things, please send them to me. Also, thanks to Jacob Shumaker for the help with this. Enjoy.


Into It. Over It. (IIOI) is mainly the project of Evan Thomas Weiss. Evan's origins are split between Chicago, Illinois, and Cherry Hill, New Jersey. Prior to IIOI, he was a longtime member of The Progress, a band that he had started while still in high school. For a brief time he was also the bassist of Damiera. After The Progress broke up, Into It. Over It. was slowly formed. Starting in September 2007, Evan wrote and recorded a song every week until September 2008. This spawned 52 songs, which would appropriately become 52 Weeks, the first album released under the Into It. Over It. moniker. Each song was entirely performed and recorded by Evan himself. Some of his best material came out of this ("Anchor", "Batsto", "Pinky Swear", "High & Mighty", "Bullied Becomes The Bully",  "22 Syllables", etc.) and the most impressive part being that each song was constructed within the span of one week. Following this, he released a slew of splits with many great bands. His songs on those splits would later compile Twelve Towns. Into It. Over It.'s debut album, Proper, was released in 2011 on No Sleep Records. This is their first release with a true full-band lineup. With a few smaller releases in between, their second full-length, Intersections, came out in 2013 on Triple Crown Records. In addition to IIOI, Evan is also a member of Stay Ahead Of The Weather, Their / They're / There, and Pet Symmetry.

Into It. Over It.'s sound is basically an amalgamation of emo and indie rock with some singer-songwriter sensibilities. Some bands that they obviously draw influence from are Death Cab For Cutie, Braid, The Get Up Kids, and Owen. Their earlier material was more focused on Evan solely. Though a lot of early songs were recorded with drums, electric guitars, etc., his tours were mainly just him and an acoustic guitar, as were many of the early songs. As their career progressed, they shifted to a permanent full band dynamic. They are often heralded as being one of the front runners of the modern emo revival scene, and it's obvious why. They often tour and associate with bands within that realm of music (Empire! Empire!, You Blew It!, Foxing, etc.), but also go beyond the obvious contemporaries. They have played shows or released music with bands as diverse as Frank Turner, The Wonder Years, Former Thieves, Bomb The Music Industry!, and Such Gold. Overall they are an amazing, well-rounded band that everything should definitely give a try, as many of you obviously do. The essentials are 52 Weeks, IIOI/KOJI, Twelve TownsProper, and Intersections.

1. Batsto
2. The Outcome Of All Our Lives
3. Heartificial
4. Anchor
5. Fak It
6. Introduce THIS To Your Parents
7. Everybody's (Fucking) Crazy
8. A Song About Your Party
9. Ashley's Big Adventure
10. The Worst Company To Keep
11. Friday At Brians (I Have To Be Up In Four Hours)
12. 30 Ft. Spirit
13. Next Stop: The Olympics
14. ATM Disaster Scenes
15. The Liquor Your Older Friends Bought
16. David Caruso TV
17. Spoon Full Of Salt
18. Sebadon't
19. All Thumbs Down
20. It's Not 2001
21. What's Written On Your Wrist
22. Even Adam Kevin Helen
23. Gin And Ironic
24. Gear Isn't Expensive
25. ChiKeyGo
26. 22 Syllables
27. Dan I.Y.
28. 53% Accurate
29. Clocked Out
30. New Careers
31. Second Rate Broadcasting
32. Corrugated Windows
33. Dude-A-Form (Dude Uniform)
34. Watching You Cry In Public
35. Can I Buy A V_wel?
36. Blaargh!!
37. Your Mantra
38. Open A Book
39. Starched And Hung
40. ...And I Bite My Nails
41. High & Mighty
42. The Bullied Becomes The Bully (Police Story v2.0)
43. Pinky Swear
44. Southern California In The 80's
45. We Organized Your Life
46. Rearrange My Life
47. Afternoon's Asleep
48. Up Up Done Done
49. Young Lungs
50. Wearing White
51. Rapid Shitty, SD
52. No Big Chorus

1. Empire! Empire! (I Was A Lonely Estate) - If We Had Found You Any Later, You Would Have Drowned
2. Into It. Over It. - Buffalo, NY
3. Into It. Over It. - Brenham, TX

1. Bob Nanna & Laura Lo - I Do
2. Bob Nanna & Laura Lo - All Of A Sudden
3. Into It. Over It. - Nashville, TN
4. Into It. Over It. - Billings, MT

1. Into It. Over It. - Augusta, GA
2. Everyone Everywhere - Batsto
3. Everyone Everywhere - Fakin' It
4. Into It. Over It. - Raw Bar OBX 2002

1. Into It. Over It. - Cambridge, MA
2. Into It. Over It. - Orlando, FL
3. Pswingset - Everything That Was Tired
4. Pswingset - Thanks For The Record

1. Castevet - Chilsen
2. Castevet - (Get) Bucktown
3. Into It. Over It. - Summerville, SC
4. Into It. Over It. - Pontiac, MI

2. Holding Hands With Me (Up Up Down Down Left Right Left Right B A Start cover) 
3. I've Just Seen The Best I'll Ever Be (Up Up Down Down Left Right Left Right B A Start cover)

Note: Missing tracks 1 & 4

1. Into It. Over It. - Wicker Park
2. Into It. Over It. - Humboldt
3. Into It. Over It. - Ravenswood
4. Into It. Over It. - Pilsen
5. Into It. Over It. - Logan Square
6. Koji - Most Of Everything
7. Koji - All Below
8. Koji - Matches
9. Koji - Shift
10. Koji - Giants Sleeping

1. Wicker Park
2. Humboldt
3. No Sleep Til Humboldt
4. Logan Square

1. Wicker Park (Live Session)
2. Humboldt (Live Session)
3. Ravenswood (Live Session)
4. Pilsen (Live Session)
5. Logan Square (Live Session)

1. Into It. Over It. - Washington, DC
2. Into It. Over It. - Portland, OR
3. Such Gold - Minstrels
4. Such Gold - The World That You Live In

1. Nashville, TN
2. Orlando, FL
3. Brenham, TX
4. Cambridge, MA
5. Summerville, SC
6. Westmont, NJ
7. Augusta, GA
8. Buffalo, NY
9. Billings, MT
10. Portland, OR
11. Washington, DC
12. Pontiac, MI
13. Augusta, GA (acoustic)
14. Billings, MT (acoustic)
15. Brenham, TX (acoustic)
16. Pontiac, MI (acoustic)
17. Portland, OR (acoustic)

1. Anchor
2. 22 Syllables
3. Portland, OR
4. The Bullied Becomes The Bully
5. No Sleep 'till Humbolt

1. Embracing Facts
2. Discretion & Depressing People
3. Fortunate Friends
4. No Good Before Noon
5. Write It Right
6. Midnight: Carroll Street
7. Connecticut Steps
8. Staring At The Ceiling
9. An Evening With Ramsey Beyer
10. Where Your Nights Often End
11. P R O P E R
12. The Frames That Used To Greet Me

1. Welcome To Daytrotter
2. Nashville, TN
3. Pinky Swear
4. Bustin' (Iron Chic cover)
5. Anchor
6. Raw Bar (Everyone Everywhere cover)

1. The Forecast - The Reasons (The Weakerthans cover)
2. Into It. Over It. - Need You Around (Smoking Popes cover)
3. The Swellers - El Scorcho (Weezer cover)
4. Bomb The Music Industry! - Punk Rock Girl (Dead Milkmen cover)

1. The Wonder Years - Anchor (Into It. Over It. cover)
2. Polar Bear Club - Skipping Stone (Transit cover)
3. Transit - Resent And Resistance (Polar Bear Club cover)
4. The Story So Far - Wrightsville Beach (A Loss For Words cover)
5. A Loss For Words - Quicksand (The Story So Far cover)
6. Into It. Over It. - Don't Let Me Cave In (The Wonder Years cover)

1. Welcome to Daytrotter
2. No Good Before Noon
3. Where Your Nights Often End
4. Connecticut Steps
5. Embracing Facts
6. The Frames That Used To Greet Me
7. What's Written On Your Wrist

1. Wearing White
2. Anchor

1. Into It. Over It. - A Curse Worth Believing (Demo Version)
2. Into It. Over It. - The Bullied Becomes The Bully (Live On WKDU)
3. The Great Albatross - Summer's Gone (Single Version)

1. New North-Side Air
2. Spinning Thread
3. A Curse Worth Believing
4. Spatial Exploration
5. Favor & Fiction
6. The Shaking Of Leaves
7. Upstate Blues
8. No Amount of Snow
9. A Pair Of Matching Taxi Rides
10. Obsessive Compulsive Distraction
11. Your Antique Organ
12. Contractual Obligation

1. Arsenic
2. Old Lace

1. Owen - Poison Arrows
2. Into It. Over It. - Poor Souls (Owen cover)
3. Into It. Over It. - Local Language
4. Owen - Anchor (Into It. Over It. cover)

1. Open Casket
2. Closing Argument
3. No EQ
4. Vis Major
5. Your Lasting Image
6. Old Lace & Ivory
7. Adult Contempt
8. Required Reading
9. Bible Black
10. Who You Are Does Not Equal Where You Are
11. Anesthetic
12. The Circle Of The Same Ideas

For Agnes
Jingle Bell Broke
Assassination on X-Mas Eve
Freezin'; Turnup Thermometerdrive
Message From Kathlene (Alkaline Trio cover)
Deep Red Bulls (Neko Case cover)

Note: All these songs appear on various compilations, but never on any of IIOI's official releases. Though they have other songs on compilations, all of those tracks also appear above on an actual album of theirs.